Voice of the Consumer: Scammers imitate FEMA to defraud families of COVID victims | Premium


The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people to be on the lookout for scammers posing as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

As part of the American Rescue Plan, which passed in March, FEMA is helping to pay for the funerals of people who died from COVID-19. The financial assistance applies to COVID-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Unfortunately, FEMA said it has received reports of scammers using this program as an opportunity to steal personal information from people who died.

The BBB said this scam starts with a phone call, email or text message from someone claiming to work for FEMA or another government agency. The scammer might claim they’re reaching out to you as part of the official COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.

The person contacting you will likely…

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